Simple Drive Doesn't Read On Pc After Partition With Mac

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  1. jmacatac2002 macrumors member

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    HELP!!!!!

    I just partitioned my simpledrive with my mac, so that I could put files from the mac onto the simple drive, without getting that "can't modify simpledrive" message. . .

    I went on one of these forums, and read to do this you need to partition your files . . .

    so I did . . . This is what it looks like:

    Name: SimpleDrive
    Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    Size: 232.76

    . . . after partitioning the file

    I went to the simpledrive on the mac and all my old files were gone . . .
    (I just thought it couldn't read the old ones on the Mac, but would once I put
    it back in my pc) so I was happy that I could now put files on the drives, but
    then I put it back in my PC. . . and . .

    WHEN PUTTING IT BACK IN MY PC, THE DRIVE WOULD NOT READ
    AND NONE OF MY FILES WOULD COME UP

    WHAT IN THE HELL!!! DOES THIS MEAN, I PRAY TO GOD I DIDN'T LOSE
    ALL MY FILES
     
  2. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus

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    PCs can't read HFS, you have to format it to FAT32 to be able to read from both Mac and PC.

    And also, formatting deletes all the files on the drive.
     
  3. jmacatac2002 thread starter macrumors member

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    So, one, how do I do that, and two, how can I get my files back there's got to be away.

    I have to many files, and over 3,000 music files I can't afford to lose.
     
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Sounds like you erased the drive, rather than partitioned it, or you partitioned it into a single partition, which likely erased the whole thing (which it also warned you it would do). Which means the files are likely to be gone.
    You can try something like "Data Rescue II" to get them back, but I wouldn't put too much hope in it.

    As noted, if you want to share between the PC and the Mac your have 2 real options here:

    1) Format it as FAT32. Read/write on both Mac & PC. But there's a max file size limit of 4GB.

    2) Format it as HFS+. Buy MacDrive for PC. Then it is read/write on both the Mac and PC.
     
  5. jmacatac2002 thread starter macrumors member

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    How do I do either of the formatting things your talking about

    I just really want to be able to use it once again on my PC, I could care less about the Mac
     
  6. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    You've contradicted yourself there..

    Do you want to use it on the Mac or not?
     
  7. jmacatac2002 thread starter macrumors member

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    I just want it fixed, whatever way I can get it to work again on the PC. . .

    how do I do that
     
  8. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Just plug it into the PC then and reformat it.

    Or, plug it into the Mac and format it as "MS-DOS".
     
  9. Sky Blue Guest

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    It does sound like you've erased your drive. You can re-partition your drive to get Windows to read it, but it's not going to restore your files.
     
  10. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    And seriously.. stop trying to hijack all these other threads with the issue.
     
  11. jmacatac2002 thread starter macrumors member

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    How do I do that . . . step by step

    Hey yellow, I've stopped, I've accomplished what I wanted, and that was getting help, now I know you want to express your agitation with my previous post and that's fine, but if you don't have any suggestions, then the constant reminders are now unnecessary, but I will keep what you have said in mind if I have any other future issues.
     
  12. Sky Blue Guest

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    Plug your drive in, open Disk utility. Select your drive and click the erase tab. Under Volume Format, choose MS-DOS (FAT). As yellow suggested you should look at file recovery software to retrieve your data. Re-formatting is not going to bring it back.
     
  13. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Which "that" are you speaking of?

    On the Mac, plug in the external, open Disk Utility, on the left side, select the drive info (where the size and model number of the drive are listed), select the Erase tab, under Volume Format select MS-DOS (FAT), and click the Erase button. Now it will show up on your PC.


    My finally suggestion will be to follow the forum's rules, please.

    http://guides.macrumors.com/Help:Forum_Rules

    I've spent enough time in 7 other threads removing your attempted hijacks.
     
  14. jmacatac2002 thread starter macrumors member

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    I have


    Volume Format: MS-DOS file System. . . but I don't see MS-DOS (FAT), so is that okay, do I even want to erase the disk???
     
  15. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Your files were erased when you partitioned the drive and formatted it to HFS+.

    If you plan on trying to recover files, do so BEFORE you repartition it or re-format it.

    But your files are probably long gone.
     
  16. Sky Blue Guest

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    As we have both suggested, if you want to retrieve your data do that before you reformat. However, you've probably lost it all already.

    EDIT: What CanadaRAM said too.
     
  17. jmacatac2002 thread starter macrumors member

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    So what "FREE" software that is MAC accessible can I use to get my files back???
     
  18. Silver-Fox macrumors 65816

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    Non really, But if you desperately need those files back it is probably worth buying some good software
     
  19. jmacatac2002 thread starter macrumors member

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    So if there is none out there then why would people suggest it without any suggestions. . .

    I'm not going to buy something as a result of my MAC not being formatted "initially" with my EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE
     
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  21. Sky Blue Guest

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    You erased the data on your drive, so you will need to buy software to try to recover it. You could try Data Rescue II as already suggested in this thread.
     
  22. Silver-Fox macrumors 65816

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    ? i really dont know how you think this is your macs fault
     
  23. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    If your lost data has value which you can't afford to lose, you would consider buying software to recover.

    If you aren't willing to pay anything, then the data must have no value.

    Get your story straight. And don't rip into the people who are trying to help you.

    You lost files as a result of ignoring several warning dialogs and proceeding to reformat (= partition = erase) your drive without first learning how to do it or what the consequences were.
     

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